Graduate Scholarship & Fellowships

WALLACE H. COULTER YOUNG INVENTORS RESEARCH AWARD

The Young Inventor Award (YIA) was established as an annual competition to promote the spirit of entrepreneurship and inspire young inventors seeking to apply the promise of technology to advance medical research and the delivery of medicine. The YIA consists of a stipend and the resources necessary to support a specific project. It is expected that the Young Inventor Program will be a catalyst for the biomedical industry in South Florida and fuel efforts in start-up companies. This award is supported by a $1.5 million endowment from the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation. $75,000 per year is available to provide salary stipend and project funds. The Department provides space and access to professors, researchers, and equipment.

The target audience for this award is recent PhD (or similar doctorate degree) recipients in biomedical engineering or a related area who aspire for a career in biomedical engineering research and development with a focus on translational research. Before the beginning of the award period, all recipients of this award must have received their PhD degree, but no more than eight years should have passed since the award of the PhD. The Mentor of the Awardee must be a FIU Biomedical Engineering faculty member.

The award is for a period of one year, and can be renewed for a second year if sufficient progress is being made. A FIU BME YIA committee, consisting of the Chair of the Department, at least one BME faculty member (who is not a potential Mentor), and at least one member of the BME Advisory Board, will choose the recipients and make decisions on second year renewals.

Awardees

2006-2008: Dr. Banghe Zhu. Project title “Fluorescence-Enhanced Optical Imaging and Tomography: Towards Early-Stage Breast Cancer Diagnosis”

2008-2010: Romila Manchanda. Project title “Image guided therapy using targeted polymeric drug delivery systems”

2010- : Lana Norman Project title “A novel miniaturized implantable biosensor to investigate and understand the progress of Alzheimer’s disease in real time.

BME GRADUATE STUDENT TRAVEL FUND

Travel Funds of up to $300.00 can be requested by all Doctoral and Masters Thesis students presenting a talk or poster at an international, national, or regional conference. Travel must be completed by July 31st. Online Application

WALLACE H. COULTER GRADUATE FELLOWSHIPS

The Wallace H Coulter Graduate Fellowships in Biomedical Engineering Fund was established with a $1,000,000 endowment to provide competitive stipends to outstanding graduate students.

NIGMS RISE Fellowship Program

The NIGMS RISE Fellowship Program at FIU is sponsored by a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant. The goal of the RISE program is to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups in biomedical and behavioral research who enter into and successfully complete Ph.D. programs in these fields. http://rise.fiu.edu/.

Online Application.

MCNAIR GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP

Beginning Fall Semester 2011,  the University Graduate School at FIU is providing a limited number of fellowships to incoming McNair Scholars who are admitted to a master’s or doctoral program at FIU for fall 2011.   The intent of this fellowship is to attract and retain highly qualified minority students into FIU’s graduate programs.  Awards to doctoral students include a 4 year fellowship with a $23,000 annual stipend, tuition waiver and individual health insurance.  Awards to master’s students include a 2 year fellowship with a $15,000 annual stipend, tuition waiver and individual health insurance.

Download application FIU_McNair_Graduate_Fellowship_Nomination_Form.pdf

RUTH L. KIRSCHSTEIN NATIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE AWARD (NRSA) INDIVIDUAL PREDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP TO PROMOTE DIVERSITY IN HEALTH-RELATED RESEARCH

The purpose of this Kirschstein-NRSA predoctoral fellowship (F31) award is to enhance the diversity of the health-related research workforce by supporting the research training of predoctoral students from population groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical research workforce. Such individuals include those from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, those with disabilities, and those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Through this award program, promising predoctoral students will obtain individualized, mentored research training from outstanding faculty sponsors while conducting well-defined research projects in scientific health-related fields relevant to the missions of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers. The proposed mentored research training is expected to clearly enhance the individual’s potential to develop into a productive, independent research scientist. Online Application.